Fireside Kids Rejoice for New Playground

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Kameron Athari, 3, of Fireside gives the new slide a whirl moments after the park reopened to residents. Photos by Karen Goveia

Six months after a fire destroyed the main playground at Fireside at Norterra’s Community Center, a new play structure officially opened to residents yesterday.

Following a brief ceremony by community officials, the ribbon was cut and the kids cheered while parents applauded as the playground officially opened to dozens of children anxiously waiting.

Community Manager Dawn Talley thanked residents for their patience during the construction process and recognized the builder of the structure, which Talley said includes additional climbing elements to appeal to multiple age groups.


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“Enjoy and I hope everyone loves it,” she said just before the park opened.

The December blaze became a catalyst for the formation of a temporary Phoenix fire station to better serve the Norterra area with additional coverage and improved response times. The station, which operates out of of the Residence Inn just south of Happy Valley Road, will remain operational until a permanent Fire Station 55 is built at Interstate 17 and Jomax Road, a project slated for completion in late 2019, officials have said.

Fireside playground reopens
Community officials formally opening the playground Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

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Karen Goveia
NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.
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NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

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